A Dog Day Afternoon

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Today is National Dog Day and what better way to show off my doxies Roxy & Pepper and have a puppy date with The Charleston Weekender.  I know I’ve been a bad doxie mom and I haven’t shown them off more, but shooting with dogs is more work than people think.  Making sure I look decent for the camera is one thing, but getting my girls Roxy and Pepper to look at the camera and walk in the same direction is another story.  These fun pics make it so worth it, I love my furry baby girls!

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Charleston is a very dog friendly town and Queen Street Grocery is no exception.  Not only do they carry an impressive wine selection with curated food and drinks, but they serve up some of the best crepes in town.  No doubt this neighborhood haunt is frequented by locals, but the carriage tours that ride pass  it every few minutes makes it a Charleston institution.

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Liz, aka The Charleston Weekender, and I had a blast getting our girls together for some adventure on Queen Street.  Even her little King Charles Spaniel Maddie got social with a horse pulling a carriage full of tourists.

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Roxy and Pepper’s collars and leashes are by Found My Animal at Maris Dehart.  The Brooklyn based dog accessory company was inspired to make their collars and leashes from their rescue dogs.  The nautical inspired line supports animal rescue organizations all over the country.  Each dog tag is individually numbered, representing the amount of animals that have been helped so far.

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I’m a die hard dachshund lover, and if you ever meet a dachshund owner they will say the say the same.  We’re like a cult and when we see anything with a weiner dog on it, we’ll buy it.  It’s almost impossible to find dachshunds at a shelter, but it was important for me and my husband to find ours that needed a loving home, so we waited for the right time.  We were lucky enough to get Roxy (the redhead) 11 years ago from an owner that could not take care of her anymore.  She was my 1st baby and still is.  Then we adopted Pepper (the black and tan dapple) from Charleston Animal Society a few years later.  Like children, you never get two dogs with the same personalities. Roxy is my easy laid back child, and Pepper is my crazy wild child.

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Top by Yala BambooDreams $62, earrings by Ann Paige $15, sunglasses by Blue Planet $39.95, and rings by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // “Barely Bell” jeans by Kling $72 and “Best Bitches” necklace $45 from Dandy Boutique // Shoes by Kendall & Kylie $ from Shoes on King // Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal and nail polish in “Dancehall Days” by Odeme from Maris Dehart

The Charleston Weekender wears a scarf and hat from Charleston Krewe // Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage // 14kt Goldbug studs from Crohan’s Jewel Box // Maddie wears a collar and leash from Charleston Krewe // Canvas “Escape” Weekender bag from The Charleston Weekender

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Queen Street Grocery

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Triple Date Night at Lee Lee’s

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Going out to eat is one of my favorite activities in this town, and doing it with my friends is even better!  My friend Liz Martin, aka The Charleston Weekender, invited me along with her husband Jonathan, my hubby, and our good friends Daniel Velasco and his hubby Tim Newborn to eat at Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen.  It was a night full of great food and drinks and laughs all the way through.  Thank God they put us in their private dining room in the back, because we were a loud, rowdy bunch.

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This is my best fall outfit in Charleston’s scorching August temps.  Too hot to even think about putting on pants, I opted for this cropped top and shorts from 7 Gypsy.  My new favorite vintage snakeskin bag was only $38 at Groove Girl, a gem of a shop that carries consignment and vintage in Mt. Pleasant.  The sunnies are by Nectar, a local sunglass brand that carries the raddest shades at affordable prices.  The vintage necklace and scarab ring are from Candy Shop Vintage, the best boutique in town if your looking for both vintage and vintage inspired jewelry. The oval ring is by Soko, a company that gives fair wages to their Kenyan artisans, and is carried at Be the Change Boutique.  And these navy lace up shoes by BC Footwear, well they’re my new favorites and will be making a regular appearance on my blog.

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Weekdays with the Weekender is always a good idea.

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Love date nights with my hubby Gustavo, especially when it’s in company with other adorable couples.  View more to see catch a glimpse of our delicious dishes at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in town.

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Shirt by ASTR the Label $75 and shorts by Moon River $69 from  7 Gypsy // Vintage necklace $45 and scarab ring from Candy Shop Vintage // Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Vintage snakeskin bag $38 from Groove Girl // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar

Photography by Jennifer Collins

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Parlay Deluxe

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Kid and parent friendly restaurants can be tough to find downtown, but Parlor Deluxe is one of those exceptions.  Known for their gourmet hot dogs, fancy tater tots and artisanal ice cream, this place is a hit with both kids and adults.  Right before school started Libby Williams of Plate South invited me and my boys for a lunch date.  The retro cool spot on the corner of Spring and St. Phillip is the perfect place to go if you need some delicious food on the fly.  As you parents know, getting food quick for your kids is necessary.

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I was excited to sport my new favorite skirt made out of African wax print by Francis & Benedict. They’re a local company that supports the community of Togo, Africa by giving women jobs as seamstresses so they can support their families.  I’ve been sporting my Yas Kween necklace pretty much everyday and it’s made by local jewelry designer Natalie Clapp of Silkbone Jewels.  I always get a laugh or a smile when people see me wear it.  I never knew how much I needed a pair of navy shoes until I got these BC Footwear lace up heels.  They’ll be making lots of appearances on my blog in the next few months.

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Since I don’t eat real hotdogs I opted for the “Not Dog” which is a cooked carrot topped with a mushroom chili, cheese, and a green garnish.  This little number always hits the spot!  My boys got regular dogs, but the bun they serve it on is anything but ordinary.  Mateo and Sebastian got the Cookie Monster ice cream which had Oreos and cookie dough in it.  Pretty much a home run with any kid if they like cookies and ice cream.

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I don’t know where I find the room, but I went for the Blackberry + Poppyseed and Fig + Lemongrass ice cream.  So worth it!

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No food shoot would be complete without some behind the scenes pics with my phone.  This fun iphone case is by Stone by Stone at Dandy Boutique.

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I’m one of those boring people where once I find my dish on the menu, I have to order it every time I go back. I’m looking forward to having my carrot dog again soon but I might venture out and have the Cookie Monster ice cream for myself at Parlor Deluxe.

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Tank top from Shirtini // African wax print skirt $68 by Francis & Benedict // Gudli beaded necklace $35 from Roberta Roller Rabbit // Yas Kween custom necklace $40 by Silkbone Jewels // Beaded bracelet by Chavez for Charity $11 from Henry & Eva // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul$199 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Bar Ring $150 and Triangle Ring $150 by Naked Eyes Jewelry // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // Sunglasses $18 and Stone by Stone iphone case $85 from Dandy Boutique // Lipstick in Some Like it Hot by ABP makeup $22

Photography by Libby Williams

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Courtyard Cue

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Tie Sleeve Top by Nina Ricca $850, Gardham Trouser by Roksanda $985, Le Specs
Nefertiti Sunglasses in Blush $119 from Hampden Clothing // Goldbug Heart Pendant $180, gold plated pearce twist ring with white topaz $135 and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Puma X Fenty slides in pink $90 from Sneaker

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Blue Jean Baby

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Montara All-In-One Jumpsuit by M.i.h. Jeans $425, Star Sailor in Gold with Crazy Tort sunglasses by Karen Walker $325 from Hampden Clothing // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // 14k gold rope chain $2,500, gold plated ring with topaz by Elizabeth & James $125, and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Wrap Star

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Dress by Mod Ref Clothing $78, Berg & Betts watch $125, Choker $278 and bangle $198 by Naked Eyes Jewelry, Layer Clutch by Ellia Wang $598, and hat all from Maris Dehart // Shoes by Derek Lam 10 Crosby from Shoes on King // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Clothing For a Cause

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It’s amazing how many fashion forward companies there are that are making a difference in the world. Be the Change Boutique has schooled me on all of their brands that give back to incredible causes all over the world and locally as well.  Starting with one of my favorite outfits here, I’m wearing 8 different brands that are providing jobs to people in poverty stricken countries to sustaining our environment here in the U.S. and beyond.

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The Chevron necklace and stacked rings are by Purpose Jewelry,  handmade by young women who have escaped modern day slavery – sex trafficking.  100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for these survivors. Through this program they implement mentoring programs, education, medical care, counseling and employment.  Thy have made a difference for over 300 women in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California.  Each piece of jewelry is also tagged and signed by the woman who made it.

Marrying style with sustainability, the We Wood watch is made by scrap wood and for every watch sold they plant a tree.  They have planted over 400,000 trees in the U.S., Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.  Their goal is to plant 1 million trees within the next 4 years!

The arrow cuff is by Greenola Style, and their mission is to provide jobs to people in underdeveloped countries.  They also donate to SolidarityBridge.org, who support healthcare and education in Bolivia and Paraguay.

The black double bar ring and porcupine earrings are by Soko Jewelry, and they make the most modern accessories at such affordable prices. They work with artisans in Kenya to create their cutting edge ethical jewelry that is made from sustainable materials.  They also connect their artisans with digital technology, bridging the gap between the maker and the marketplace.

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This shirt is by Krochet Kids and they are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with skills and knowledge to bring themselves and their families out of poverty. Through this program they are providing jobs, education, and mentorship to their employees.  Each garment has a label that is signed by the person who made it, which makes you feel connected to this cause.

The beautiful skirt is from Artisan Apparel, which is providing jobs to women in Uganda. The vibrant African prints in the pencil and maxi skirt styles are one of a kind and are selling out with a quickness.

The shoes are by Sseko, a Uganda based company that makes fashion forward accessories, shoes, and handbags.  They encourage empowerment through their education driven mission, so women can go to a University and create a better life for themselves and their family.

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The leather bucket bag is by Fashionable, which manufactures in developing countries, forging a positive impact and creating jobs along the way.  They founded the company by providing jobs to women who escaped the commercial sex industry, and now work globally with women from diverse backgrounds who are looking for opportunity and a better way of life.

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You never have to feel guilty when you shop at Be the Change Boutique because you know your money is making a positive impact all over the world.  Now go purchase with a purpose and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Krochet Kids Piper Tee $33.95, Artisan Apparel African Pencil $49.99,  Purpose Jewelry Chevron Necklace $34.99, Purpose Jewelry Journey Ring $16.99,  Sseko Black D’Orsay shoes $89.99, WeWood Mimosa Black Watch $125, Greenola Norma Cuff $36.99, FashionAble Tadesse Bucket Bag $148.00, Soko Horn Double Bar Ring $69, Soko Porcupine Earrings $43

Photography by Clifford Pate

Summer of Riesling at High Cotton

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A couple of weeks ago I had the perfect dinner date with my girl Libby Williams of Plate South to celebrate the Summer of Riesling at High Cotton.   They are one of the more well known restaurants on East Bay that is famously known for their southern inspired dishes and impeccable service. We had the pleasure of tasting a couple of German wines – Von Hovel Riesling Trocken and the Leitz “Dragon Stone” Riesling Sekt.  Both paired perfectly with our summer dishes we devoured.

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We started off with the Tuna and Watermelon Crudo with Avocado Purée, Blackberries, and Lemon Olive Oil. The combination of fresh tuna and watermelon just melted in my mouth and was the perfect remedy for a hot July day.

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When in doubt, always order the oysters.  These Buttermilk Fried Oysters with Arugula and Green Goddess Dressing hit the spot!  Usually an oyster app is on the smaller side and leaves you craving more, but this one had us pretty satisfied.  View more to see all the delectable dishes we tried at High Cotton.

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Riesling is the perfect summer wine that complimented all of the light and fresh fare that High Cotton was serving up.  They’re promoting a fun contest from now until August 31 for a chance to win a $25 Wine.com giftcard. All you have to do is post your Riesling pics to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SummerofRiesling and @GermanWineUSA handle. Drink up and have fun posting!

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Fitted Indigo Fitted Shirt by Claridge & King $142, Wanderer bracelet in 22kt and black onyx by Dean Davidson $310, Black onyx bar ring $145, and and gold stacked ring ring by Melanie Auld from Shirtini // Katie Envelope Clutch in Electric Blue by Taxidermy $995 from Maris Dehart // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Camino black leather sandals by Corso Como $142.99 from Zappos // Lipstick in Some Like it Hot by ABP makeup $22

Photography by Libby Williams

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Fenty X Puma at Sneaker

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Today is the much anticipated release of the Fenty X Puma Fur slides, and we’re so lucky we can shop them at local boutique Sneaker.  It seems like anything that Puma releases with Rihanna sells out in a hot minute, and the camo creepers that were released last week flew out the door in a matter of days.  Last night was a female fueled night at their release party for the slides.  They had a Rihanna cover band, Rihanna trivia, giveaways, plus the Puma rep from New York was there to preview the upcoming collections.  I was so happy I could grab these pink ones and they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever walked in.  Puma is really making a comeback and I’m so happy that Sneaker is repping them to the fullest!

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Puma X Fenty slides in pink $90 from Sneaker //Structured Crepe Cargo Dress by Tibi $450 and Sunglasses by Le Specs $125 from Hampden Clothing // Vermeil Indigo Armour Open Cuff Bracelet $375, Vermeil Multi-Stacked Ring $215, Vermeil Band $80, Classic Band $70, and Vermeil CZ Stud earrings $90 by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Curate Your Destiny

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I’m teaming up with local store Gold Creations for a fun giveaway with their Compass Rose Collection.  The line of jewelry symbolizes our internal compass, and a reminder that we are the navigators of our own destiny.  For our Instagram Giveaway we want our followers to post pictures that represent them following their bliss and hash tagging #CurateYourDestiny.  We’ll pick our favorite picture and the lucky winner will receive this sterling necklace and earrings!  Post and tag away until midnight on August 10th and we’ll announce the winner.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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Dress by Glam Apparel from House of Sage // Javier Slide Sandals by Dolce Vita $29.75 from Bloomingdale’s // Fedora hat by San Diego Hat Company $26 from Zappos // Watch by Berg & Betts $128 from Maris Dehart // Compass Rose sterling earrings $55 and Compass Rose sterling necklace $65 from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Take me to 5Church

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There’s nothing more that I love do than go out to dinner in this town.  With so many great restaurants out there it’s always hard to decide on which one, but 5Church on Market Street has definitely been one of my favorite dining experiences.  I was lucky enough to join in on a Summer tasting menu with co-owner Patrick Whalen and Executive chef Jamie Lynch a couple of weeks ago. I loved hearing the stories of the former businesses that have inhabited this space, if only these walls could talk.  My foodie partner in crime photographer/food blogger Libby Williams of Plate South captured all of the beautiful dishes on her camera while me and my hubby Gustavo chowed away.

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We kicked off the 1st course with a Gazpacho Soup garnished with an avocado mousse and croutons. Nothing says summer like slurping up this chilled delight.

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The Cave Aged Agnolotti was pretty much a fancy word for the most amazing home made ravioli I’ve ever tasted.  This was one of my favorite dishes on the menu and I could eat a dozen of these no problem.

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I have definitely become more of a seafood fan the past couple of years, and I crushed the Tuna Tartare with avocado relish.  The sesame chips drizzled with a ginger hoisin sauce married perfectly with the medley of freshness.

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The Frozen Lemongrass Mousse was accompanied by the most unexpected ingredient – Fruity Pebbles!  Yes, one of my favorite kid cereals was the perfect match for this gourmet dessert.

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Other than tasting that farm to table freshness and experimental dishes, I always get top notch service.    If your in the area of Market Street and want to try something new, 5Church is a culinary haven that never disappoints.

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Lace top by Style Mafia $59 // Wide-leg crop jeans in birdie wash $128 from Madewell // Necklace $68 from Maris Dehart // Kuna Sabi clutch in denim $395 and beaded cuff from ibu // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Audrey Sandal by Sam Edelman$100 from Shoes on King // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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Thoroughly Modern Maris Dehart

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It’s not too often that you find a modern space in downtown Charleston that supports progressive southern designers.  The newly open Maris DeHart is a gem of a store located in the heart of downtown on Vendue and East Bay, a location predominately known for restaurants and tourist sites. But when visitors stumble upon this store they will be pleasantly surprised that this is not your typical Charleston trinket store.  Alden DeHart Haviland created a concept lifestyle boutique filled with brands and products that have a contemporary edge.  You can find something for everyone whether it’s well priced women’s clothing and sunglasses; local art from Elina Mille, Morgan Cole, Carrie Beth Waghorn; distinctive handbags by Ellia Wang, Taxidermy, and HR Deneau; handmade jewelry by Christina Jervey and Ash Hoffman; Charleston inspired graphic pillows by Suite 33 and so much more!

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Alden’s vision and innovative ideas will heighten the shopping experience in Charleston.  Her unique boutique is a great addition to the shopping mix in Charleston and I’m excited to see the new brands she introduces to our city.

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Photo by Terrence Edwards of Current Visuals

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I’m excited to partner up with Maris DeHart for a curated selection of some of my favorite designs called Curator Covets.  We’re starting off with Ash Hoffman jewelry and pillows by Suite 33, who I’m of course big fans of. I first met Ash Hoffman two years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where we immediately hit off and we’ve been collaborating ever since.  I met Emily Papuga of Suite 33 a few years ago when she was designing clothes.  She recently launched her collection of  graphic textiles and pillows that are inspired by iconic Charleston locations. Stay tuned as we add more local brands!

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 Their grand opening party which is tomorrow from 5-9pm will be a fun one with DJ Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage  spinning beats, and of course there’ll be bubbles and bites at 32 Vendue Range. Come out and experience Charleston’s new boutique that is elevating the retail scene.

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Shirtdress $68, wood clutch by HR Deneau $189, sunglasses $32, silver knot bangle $225, silver open wire cuff $295, and silver bar necklace $175 by Christina Jervey, Stix ring $295 and Chloe ring with tourmaline and tsavorite ring $395 by Ash Hoffman all from Maris Dehart // Shoes by Fortress of Inca $240 from Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Purchase With a Purpose at Be the Change

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With so many stores opening up at light speed in Charleston it’s hard to keep up with them all.  Be the Change Boutique who recently opened on Lower King is one not to be overlooked. Two best friends Ashley Miller and Ashleigh Hover wanted to open up a retail space that made a difference in the world.  Every single brand that they carry are philanthropic and work with global charities around the world. From providing jobs to former sex-trafficking victims in the Philippines to scholarship opportunities to people living in poverty, the charities are endless.  These are girls are so knowledgable on every brand that they carry and each cause that they stand for, you can’t help buying at least one thing at their shop.

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When you walk up to their boutique on the second floor you know your in for a real treat. The beautiful space is filled with stylish clothing for both men and women along with accessories, shoes, home decor, paper products, tech gadgets, and even chocolate. More than a few of their products are signed by the people who made it, giving it a personal connection.  It’s such a good feeling to know where your clothing is coming from and knowing that your purchase is making an impact in their lives.  My other favorite part of the store is the incredible prices.  An average shirt could cost $40 and the jewelry ranges from $20-$60, not bad for shopping local!

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I’m excited to feature them on my next Lowcountry Live segment “Clothing for a Cause” this Friday.  Tune in at 10am to see all the local stores and brands that are giving back while making you look stylish.

View more to learn about Ashley & Ashleigh’s story and how their “Purchase With a Purpose” motto is so infectious.
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Synergy Maxi Tank Dress $76, Soko Kito Cross Ring $46, Greenola Badu Horn Studs $27.99, Penh Lenh Tassel Necklace $72, Penh Lenh Wrap $49, Pura Vida Fruit Punch Clutch $32, The Root Collective Izzie Flats $99 all from Be the Change Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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One Love

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True love is not bound by skin color, gender, beliefs, or background.  These two beauties, Abigail Marie (right) and Natalie Rodriguez (left,) are madly in love with each other and are proud to share it with the world. Both creative souls, these women share their passion for life and never take for granted the endearing love that they have found.

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They are the perfect symbols of love to represent this bridal story.  Wearing one of a kind gowns by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, these ethereal goddesses happily posed in front of Southern Smoke Cigars super swanky airstream at Holy City Brewing Company.

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Dresses by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon // Earrings and draped beaded chain by Birdsong // Floral crown by Anna Bella Florals

Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano,  Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Location: Holy City Brewing Company, Airstream by Southern Smoke Cigars

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Overall Good Times

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My second day with my family at Wild Dunes was jam packed with fun as we pool hopped and rode bikes, soaking up the last moments of our staycation.  I rented a tandem bike so my youngest, Sebastian could ride along without worrying about keeping up with his training wheels.  Me and the boys rode until we reached the Links Golf Course and then we broke for a yummy lunch at at Huey’s overlooking the beautiful greens.

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Before we headed out for our busy day we had to throw down a big breakfast.  You think we would still be full from the night before at Coastal Provisions, but alas we came back for more.  The menu covered everything from savory to sweet and in between.  I opted for the Flapjacks made with real corn topped with home made granola and bourbon vanilla syrup.  My boys gobbled down their all time favorites – Chocolate Pancakes with a side of bacon and eggs.  My photographer and foodie sidekick Libby Williams ordered the shrimp and crab omelette which looked like a delectable work of art.

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All good things must come to an end, but the memories we made at Wild Dunes will live on forever.  Me and my family enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and would totally come back again, even in the off season so we can explore some more.  With all of the fun activities and excursions you need a good 4 days to take advantage of it all.  This just means we’ll be back for another adventure!

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Denim overalls by Love Stitch $54, Sunglasses $15, Sandals by BC Footwear $60, Ice Cream purse $34, and donut clutch all from Dandy Boutique // Stripped shirt by Honey Punch $36 from House of Sage // Sterling silver “paz” necklace $115, “Curtis” skull ring $95, “Luna” turquoise ring $125 all by Ash Hoffman from Maris Dehart 

Photography by Libby Williams

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Coastal Cravings

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Other than shopping, eating out is my second favorite thing to do.  So while at our stay at Wild Dunes we had to try out the newly renovated Coastal Provisions located in the Boardwalk Inn. We were in for a real treat because this was not your average surf and turf.  The menu which focuses on seafood and meat are paired with the freshest locally sourced ingredients.  Executive Chef Brett Sparman conjures delectable dishes while being creative by experimenting with unusual combinations. The extensive drink menu spanned from fancy cocktails, to a broad selection of wine, to a lineup of local craft beers.

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Of course we had to start with the oysters, which we slurped down in seconds.  As the appetizers kept on coming, my photographer Libby Williams meticulously snapped pics of each dish.  A bona fide food aficionado, Libby just recently launched her food blog Plate South featuring restaurants and recipes in Charleston and beyond.  It’s been so much fun combining food and fashion on my blog the past few months and what better way to collaborate than with a lifestyle photographer and food blogger!

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Some of the appetizer highlights were the Tuna Poke with benne seeds, scallions, and avocado puree. This dish screamed summer with it’s light fare and fresh ingredients.  My other favorite was the Crispy Brussel Sprouts with baked with parmesan cheese.  Eating your veggies never tasted so good!

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I was never a seafood person until I moved to Charleston, and it opened up a whole new world for me.  I usually opt for the chicken dish, but had to try the fish of the day which was the Halibut and it didn’t disappoint!  Sitting on top of a creamy mixture of spinach, mushrooms, and corn, every bite just melted in my mouth. I highly recommend a trip to Wild Dunes even if it’s just to eat at Coastal Provisions.  It’s always good to step outside of your comfort zone and dive into a culinary adventure!

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Dress, sandals, and sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Thea necklace $525, Edie rose gold ring with diamonds $1,455, Tiger cuff with diamonds all by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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Boardwalk Days

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Staying at Wild Dunes felt like we were staying at a mini island city.  When you walk out of the Boardwalk Inn onto the boardwalk, pastel hued townhouses line up on either side giving it that quintessential coastal feel. Conveniently placed is Duney’s the ice cream shop, which was a hit with the kids and also us adults.  After soaking up some rays and swimming in the pool, ice cream was just what we needed.

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The part that I loved the most was walking onto the beach, just steps away from the Grand Pavilion pools.  To maximize your relaxation level you can rent an umbrella and chair for the day.  It takes the schlepping element out of packing up for the beach.  They also have a shower which is always nice to wash off that sticky salt water before you head back to the beach bar to sip on some frozen drinks.

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Kairavi embroidered tunic $55 from ibu // Denim shorts by DL1961 $45 from 7 Gypsy // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Aquamarine beaded “paz” necklace  by  Ash Hoffman // Gold stick earrings $75 by Christina Jervey 

On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania

Photography by Libby Williams

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Wild Dunes Weekend

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at Wild Dunes with my family for Father’s Day, it was the ideal getaway and staycation for all of us.  Anywhere that has a pool, refreshing drinks and great food is a recipe for the perfect weekend.  Our first stop of course was the pool.  There are 4 pools to choose from and we checked out the Boardwalk Inn pool first.  The kids loved it because it had two areas with a walkway bridge that you could swim under.  The cabanas are perfect to grab some shade and take a nap.

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Me and my boys wore our new swimsuits by Surania, an online company that let’s you customize your swimsuits.  They loved playing fashion designer by picking out their patterns and style of shorts.   Sebastian has been sporting his euro mankini look all summer long!

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The pool was perfectly located behind the Boardwalk Inn and led out to the boardwalk where the ice cream shop was strategically placed. We pool hopped going to the Grand Pavilion Pools next and eventually to the beach. We felt like we were thousands of miles away staying at a resort in the Caribbean, not just 30 minutes from our house.

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I didn’t realize how many different places you can stay at from hotels, condos, cottages, and vacation home rentals. We stayed at The Village at Wild Dunes, where we had everything at our fingertips.  They have a grocery market, The Lettered Olive restaurant, fitness center, and spa which was so convenient.  At night their fire pit lights up and you can roast marshmallows while you relax in an adirondack chair.

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Wild Dunes has so many activities to do you would have to stay a whole week just to take advantage of it all.  From golfing, tennis, basketball, bike rentals, boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, banana boats, and fishing there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

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  I can’t believe it took me so long to experience Wild Dunes, I look forward to coming back to check out the fun events they have all year round.  Stay tuned for more fun experiences as we explore the property and our delectable dinner at Coastal Provisions.

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Trikini $54.50 by Surania // Bikini by Citrine Swim from Drift // Java moon crescent necklace $142 by Kate Davis //  Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Pink flamingo float $19.99 and Ice cream sandwhich pool float by Bigmouth Inc. $29.49 from Amazon

On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania

Photography by Libby Williams

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Weekender Style

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A couple of weeks ago my good friend Liz Martin aka The Charleston Weekender put together a fun summer shoot at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club.  I just love Liz’s approach to life – Everyday should be the weekend.  The interior decorator, online shopkeeper, lifestyle blogger, and prop stylist really knows how to host a party and a photo shoot, just check out her blog post.

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The hostess with the mostest The Charleston Weekender gathered up some local bloggers for an afternoon of bocce, croquet, and of course rose from One Hope Charleston. It was fun and easy for all of us to coordinate accessories from Candy Shop Vintage, Simply J Boutique, and Nectar sunglasses.  My fellow Charleston bloggers from left to right – The Charleston WeekenderPaper Meets PearlThriftyLittleBecca, and XoXoIJoelle

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No Charleston Weekender shoot would be complete without one of her Turkish towels.  I’m a huge fan of these towels and so is my son Mateo, we take them everywhere!

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Cropped linen shirt by CP Shades $149 from Shirtini // Wide-leg crop jeans in birdie wash $128 from Madewell // Nectar Clubby sunglasses in Toke $35 from Amazon // Elephants On Parade Necklace $160 and Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet in navy $30 from Candy Shop Vintage // Off Duty tote bag and On Beach Time pillow from Simply J // Goldbug Crest ring $120 and Goldbug bangle $165 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Espadrilles by Manebi $77.50 from Morgan Kylee

Photography by Jennifer Collins

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Yacht Rock

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 Top by Luxxel $52, jean shorts by Pistola Denim $58, and Sunglasses $24 from House of Sage // Green bikini by Eres $530 Bits of Lace  // Custom Natural Python Low Top Chucks $895 by Taxidermy //  Aurora Opal ring $75,  Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142, Requin tooth necklace $230 all by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200, anchor ring $45 all from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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